In a pulsating battle, SKA emerged victorious against Dynamo Moscow, claiming a thrilling 5:3 triumph in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season at the Ice Palace.
Our players started with the initiative. When completely alone on the doorstep, Emil Galimov should really have given SKA the advantage, as he could only shoot against Ivan Bocharov’s chest. However, as the first period progressed, Dynamo began to increase the intensity of their powerplay, drawing two penalties out of SKA and going close to an opener as Andrei Sergeev was denied by the tip of Lars Johansson’ glove when powering to the slot.
Dynamo did take the lead in the 18th minute. On the right wing, Dmitry Rashevsky dumped the puck towards the crease, and a wicked ricochet off SKA defenseman Igor Ozhiganov caught Johansson cold.
Thankfully, it didn’t take SKA long to get back on level terms, though, as Ivan Morozov slotted Linden Vey’s wonderful pass high into the net on the powerplay in the final minute of the period.
SKA took their maiden advantage of the day in the fifth minute of the second stanza.
Escaping his marker on the left faceoff circle, Anton Burdasov got the better of Bocharov, launching a strong low one-timer under the pads. Nevertheless, Dynamo quickly equalised less than a minute later, as the in-form Rashevsky tapped under Johansson after being completely ignored by the entire SKA team.
Dynamo competed on the front foot after that particular goal. SKA rode the storm, however, and scored two quick-fire goals midway through the frame to firmly take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Joonas Kemppainen was the man of the moment. Standing on the doorstep, the experienced Finn tapped beyond Bocharov, before he subsequently tallied his second of the match a minute later as he lashed Vladislav Tsitsyura’s excellent pass in on the counter-attack.
Everything seemed to be going to plan. But, after Danila Moiseev took a needless 2+2 penalty in the dying seconds of the second period, SKA contrived to make life unnecessarily difficult.
In the 49th minute, Rob Klinkhammer halved the deficit on the powerplay after Morozov had been found guilty of kneeing, bundling the puck in with Johansson almost keeping it out. Our coaches did challenge the goal, but the referees declared that no goaltender interference was involved after reviewing the play on video.
Dynamo had two more powerplay opportunities in the third period. Applying overwhelming pressure, the Moscow outfit peppered Johansson’s net, with only brilliant goaltending and committed defending heroically keeping them at bay.
The final nail in the Dynamo coffin was hammered in with 90 seconds remaining. Bocharov was predictably pulled for the extra skater, the Muscovites lost possession at neutral ice, and Evgeny Ketov found the empty net to seal the deal.
SKA - who are now in first position of the Western Conference - will prepare to face Jokerit Helsinki in Finland on Friday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 19:30 Moscow time.
SKA - Dynamo Moscow - 5:3 (1:1, 3:1, 1:1)
0:1 Rashevsky (Pedan, Boykov), 17.14
1:1 Morozov (Vey, Robinson), 19.26
2:1 Burdasov (Kuzmenko, Vey), 24.14
2:2 Rashevsky (Sergeev), 25.05
3:2 Kemppainen, 32.51
4:2 Kemppainen (Tsitsyura, Burdasov), 33.43
4:3 Klinkhammer (Pedan, Sergeev), 48.00
5:3 Ketov, 58.30
Goalkeepers: Johansson - Bocharov
Shots on target: 22 - 25
Faceoffs: 28 - 26
Hits: 11 - 15
Penalty minutes: 14 - 8
Referees: Belyaev, Kulakov
13.10.2021. Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg.